Recommendation: Ludwick reports that he's swinging a bat at about 85 percent without any pain and could be poised to face live pitching in the near future. If he continues to progress at his current level, he could start a rehab assignment around the All-Star break. A return from the disabled list in early August would likely minimize the Reds' need to shop for a corner outfielder as the trade deadline approaches.
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Update: Ludwick (shoulder) said he's ahead of schedule in his rehab and expects to begin an assignment this month, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.